Connect Your Summer

Seabiscuit : an American legend by Laura Hillenbrand

"The Eighty-Dollar Champion tells the dramatic odyssey of a horse called Snowman, saved from the slaughterhouse by a young Dutch farmer named Harry. Together, Harry and Snowman went on to become America's show-jumping champions, winning first prize in Madison Square Garden. Set in the mid to late 1950s, this book captures the can-do spirit of a Cold War immigrant who believed--and triumphed"--.

"Throughout history, people have loved, owned and ridden horses. They fascinate us, and we are drawn to books like The Horse Whisperer, events like The Kentucky Derby, and movies like Steven Spielberg's War Horse. Owners and non-horse owners alike have also discovered the amazing abilities of horses to help us heal and recover from disabling physical and mental conditions such as autism and multiple sclerosis by participating in Equine Therapy. Men and women afflicted with severe emotional damage are healing and making dramatic recoveries by receiving the simple love, understanding and acceptance that comes from establishing a relationship with a horse. The unique message of Riding Home is two-fold. It is the first and only book to explain why horses have this remarkable ability to heal and positively transform emotionally wounded men and women, whether they be troubled teens, prison inmates, or war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. On a societal level, it offers a powerful argument for the expansion of equine programs that accomplish what many organizations that utilize traditional methods of psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals have been unable to achieve. To have a relationship with a horse is to discover and know yourself and the world with truth and compassion. Horses help us discover hidden parts of ourselves. They teach us that when we're not getting what we want, we're the ones who need to change"--.

Canton Public Library's CONNECT YOUR SUMMER reading program kicks of this month. Any of these selections could earn the YOU CHOOSE badge.

"Both dispatch and dissertation, NPR contributor Diane Roberts, an English professor at Florida State University, gives a insider's account of a big time college football program in the midst of controversy, while examining the impact and legacy of the sport's popularity in America today"--.

"This intimate portrait by his former personal assistant and confidante reveals the man behind the legendary filmmaker--for the first time. Stanley Kubrick, the director of a string of timeless movies from Lolita and Dr. Strangelove to A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and others, has always been depicted by the media as the Howard Hughes of filmmakers, a weird artist obsessed with his work and privacy to the point of madness. But who was he really? Emilio D'Alessandro lets us see. A former Formula Ford driver who was a minicab chauffeur in London during the Swinging Sixties, he took a job driving a giant phallus through the city that became his introduction to the director. Honest, reliable, and ready to take on any task, Emilio found his way into Kubrick's neurotic, obsessive heart. He became his personal assistant, his right-hand man and confidant, working for him from A Clockwork Orange until Kubrick's death in 1999. Emilio was the silent guy in the room when the script for The Shining was discussed. He still has the coat Jack Nicholson used in the movie. He was an extra on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's last movie. He knew all the actors and producers Kubrick worked with; he observed firsthand Kubrick's working methods down to the smallest detail. Making no claim of expertise in cinematography but with plenty of anecdotes, he offers a completely fresh perspective on the artist and a warm, affecting portrait of a generous, kind, caring man who was a perfectionist in work and life. "--.

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"What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware's suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her "nest" of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not "what happened?" but "what have I done?", Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past. In the tradition of Paula Hawkins's instant New York Times bestseller The Girl On the Train and S. J. Watson's riveting national sensation Before I Go To Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page"--.

Looking for an information fun read? Check out a book in one of these series:

Awfully Ancient

Examines the world of sanitation and the ways people have dealt with human waste from prehistoric times to the present, and discusses possible future developments.

But is it Art?

Describes how to plant and grow a variety of colorful vegetables, including red corn, yellow watermelons, and multicolored radishes.

Provides step-by-step instructions for twenty-eight indoor or outdoor gardening adventures, including a salad garden window box, a spiral flower garden, and a butterfly paradise in a patio pot.

An introduction to gardening for children aged three to six that features fifty activities with simple instructions and easy-to-find materials.

The gardening book by Jane Bull

Provides an introduction to the basics of gardening along with some related activities.

Challenge yourself with a weekly test of your Dewey Decimal System knowledge. Each week a new number will be posted in our Connect Your Summer command center. Identify the corresponding topic, then fill out and submit a Dewey of the Week Ticket in the drop box. Don't forget to include your email: all prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

Caged warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

From age three, McCutcheon Daniels, now sixteen, has been trained in mixed martial arts and must keep winning to feed his five-year-old sister and father, but chance presents an opportunity to get out of the Detroit slums using his brain instead of his fighting skills.

Titans by Victoria Scott

Seventeen-year-old Astrid Sullivan belongs to a family of compulsive gamblers, and now that her father has been laid off from his job in Detroit and lost all their money betting on the Titans, which are half-horse, half car, and race around impossible tracks, her family is falling apart--but when Astrid's new friends give her the chance to participate in this year's Titan races, she thinks she sees a way to win some money and keep her family together.

The vanishing season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Missing city life after moving to a sleepy town in Michigan, Maggie bonds with restless but dutiful Pauline during a summer that is shattered by a serial killer who is targeting teen girls.

Detroit by Sam Moussavi

Although he is still a freshman, basketball star Isaiah is on the varsity team at a private Detroit high school, even though he lives in suburban Auburn Hills, but he faces new challenges as his parents separate.

"In 1925 a sailboat named Bernida wins the inaugural Port Huron to Mackinac Race. She wins again in 1927. But then for decades the boat is neglected and passed from owner to owner. In 2012 with new owners, the ship once more enters the race and wins"--.

The day the Great Lakes drained away by Charles Ferguson Barker

Explore what would happen if all of the water drained from the Great Lakes and what their lake floors might look like under all that water.

An orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

Frankie and his eight brothers and sisters learn lessons about giving, family, and tradition during a snowy Michigan Christmas long ago.

The story of Michigan's Mill Creek by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos
Hidden by Helen Frost

Years after Darra Monson's father stole a minivan with Wren Abbott hiding in the back, the girls come face to face at summer camp and together they try to work through what happened to them and the impact it had on their lives.

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

During World War II, after moving with her parents to Willow Run, Michigan, when her father gets a job in the B-24 bomber-building factory, eleven-year-old Meggie learns about different kinds of bravery from all of the people around her.

Having earned a scholarship to a private girls' high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.

Truth and salsa by Linda Lowery

Having moved temporarily from Michigan to live with her grandmother in Mexico, twelve-year-old Hayley tries to sort out her feelings about her parents' separation while also helping some townsmen who have run into trouble while working in the United States.

These are just a few of the nonfiction books we have that contain information about Michigan. Use this list as a springboard to find out more about our pleasant peninsulas.

Michigan Sports

Michigan Wolverines by Ken Rappoport

Presents a brief history of the University of Michigan football team, profiling noteable players, coaches, and games.

Gives an overview of the historic 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and the confrontation between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, looking at the earlier history of the tournament, and the game's legacy.

Delicate by C. K. Kelly Martin

At her grandmother's seventy-fifth birthday party, Ivy is in no mood to socialize. Unfortunately, sixteen-year-old Lucan's peanut-allergy reaction happens right in front of her eyes. As Ivy keeps him company, the two realize they're second cousins who haven't seen each other in six years due to a mysterious family feud. As the weeks pass, Lucan's and Ivy's summer seems more like a minefield of disastrous events, but at least they have their developing friendship with each other to count on. Or is that what's really going on?.

Peanut by Ayun Halliday

Nervous about starting her sophomore year at a new high school, Sadie decides to make herself more interesting by claiming to be allergic to peanuts, but her lie quickly spirals out of control.

Delicate monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Expelled from boarding school for nearly killing a classmate, seventeen-year-old troublemaker Sadie Su interferes in the life of an old childhood friend with dark secrets and his younger brother whose visions predict a violent event at school.

Trial by fire by Josephine Angelini

Lily Proctor is transported from her hometown of Salem to an alternate universe filled with horrifying creatures and powerful ruling women, including Lily's other self, where she faces new responsibilities and a love she never expected.

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